Download and Install Turbo C++ | Learn to Install Code::Blocks

There are many compilers available for C++, you can download any one of your choices. Here we are going to use Code::Blocks and TurboC++. They both work with C and C++. We at TechVidvan will guide you on how to download, install and work with Code::Blocks and TurboC++ on your PC.

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Why Code::Blocks?

As we know that there are many IDEs available, one might ask why choose Code::Blocks?

Code::Blocks is a free C/C++ open-source cross-platform Integrated Development Environment (IDE). It itself supports many compilers including Microsoft Visual C++ and GNU GCC. Besides being versatile it supports easy-to-use debugging.

To meet the needs of the various users, it is built around a plug-in framework. Plug-ins allow the IDE to be extensible and you can configure it according to your needs.

How to install Code::Blocks?

Step 1: Download the CodeBlocks installer

Install C++

Click on “Download the binary release”. 

C++ installation

Now, select your Operating System among the given options and then choose the setup file accordingly.

Step 2: Now run the installed .exe file.

Click next.

Install Code Blocks

Click “I agree”.

Code Blocks Installation

Choose the default options and click “Next”.

Code Blocks

Then click “Install” on the next window and then select “Yes”.

Code Block Installation

Writing C++ program in Code::Blocks

Step 1: Go to File → New → Empty File or just enter Ctrl+Shift+N from your Keyboard.

C++ Program in Code Block

Step 2: Enter any basic code, for example 

#include <iostream>
using namespace std;
int main() {
   cout << "TechVidvan" << endl;
   return 0;

Step 3: Save the file under any name, we will save it as “Prog1.cpp” under D://Project

C++ program in Code Block

Step 4: Build the code Ctrl-F9 and then run Ctrl-F10.


C++ Program in Code Block

Lets us now see Turbo C++ Installation.

Why Turbo C++?

We all have heard the phrase “Old is Gold”, this holds true for TurboC++. Even after being discontinued back in 2006, students still use this IDE for their schooling. Reasons being:

  • Light and small in size.
  • Easy to install, unlike modern IDEs as there is no complex information. 
  • It has both the compiler and IDE together. 

How to install TurboC++?

Step 1: Firstly, download the TurboC++ software on your desktop. 

Turbo C++ Installation

Click the ‘save’ button and it will be downloaded to your mentioned directory.

Step 2: Extract the zip file. 

Step 3: Double click on the setup.exe file from the folder. 

Install Turbo C++

Step 4: Accept the terms & conditions and click ‘install’

Then, click ‘finish’.

Writing a program in TurboC++

Step 1: Double click on the TurboC++ icon and then click on “Start Turbo C++”

write program in Turbo C++

Step 2: Go to File → New.

Write your code and then remember to save it as a .CPP file, because the default is .C. Like here we have saved it as Prog1.CPP.

Program in Turbo C++

Step 3: First compile the code and when it is free of errors, then run. 

To compile, we need to click on ‘Compile’ from the menu and then ‘Compile’ from the sub-menu. Similarly, to run we need to choose the ‘Run’ submenu from the ‘Run’ menu. 

Or, we can just use the shortcut Ctrl+f9 to compile and run the program.


C++ Installation


In this tutorial, we got to know how to install Code::Blocks and TurboC++ in Windows. We even discussed some of the reasons why TurboC++ is preferred and why Code::Blocks is preferred.

We can infer that as a beginner you can work with both IDEs without any problems. But, if you need additional features like a plug-in framework and cross-platform IDE, Code::Blocks is your IDE for that.

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